Plenty of things to do, experience in Ann Arbor Parks

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Work Days
Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.
National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, Bluffs Nature Area. 9 a.m.-noon. National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Join us to protect one of Ann Arbor’s public lands from invasive shrubs. The wooded hills of Bluffs Nature Area are enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers alike. Help us cut honeysuckle and buckthorn to keep this area beautiful. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street.

Sunday, Sept. 29, Argo Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Argo Nature Area provides hikers with wonderful views of the Huron River and the changing fall colors along its banks. Unfortunately non-native shrubs are lurking in this nature area. Assist us in removing these shrubs to keep these woods and the views open. Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive.

Temporary Playground Closure
Over the course of the next two weeks we will be making changes to improve the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground located in Galllup Park. We expect the work to be completed in a couple of weeks (weather permitting). Only portions of the playground will be closed so we encourage you to enjoy the remainder of the play area and park in the meantime. We apologize for the short-term inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner and Landscape Architect, at hhanzel@a2gov.org or 734.794.6230 ext. 42548.

Shop Local + Don’t Miss Last Food Truck Rally
This week (Wednesday, Oct. 2) is the last food truck rally of the year! With 15 trucks, live music by Killarny Creek, a magician, face painting and more it’s going to be an awesome event. Join us 5-8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Fall is here and so is the fall produce. Get canning tomatoes, greens, apples and cider, hot coffee and more every Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 315 Detroit St.

Music of the Great Depression 1929-1932
While the country and the world turned upside down with the stock market crash in 1929, the great composers kept churning out songs that helped folks temporarily forget their troubles. Come experience Stu Johnson’s magic mix of music and history. Join us at the Kempf House Museum, Wednesday, Oct. 2, noon-1 p.m. (Seating may be limited for late arrivals). Admission free, donations appreciated. 312 S. Division St. 734.994.4898 or visit our website.

Public Meeting Oct. 1 for Stormwater and Ecological Design Project at Huron Hills Golf Course
The City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission are partnering on a streambank stabilization project on a tributary to the Huron River to address stormwater management and ecological design on the Huron Hills Golf Course. City staff will hold a public meeting to explain the project, answer questions and receive feedback on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m. at the Huron Hills Golf Course clubhouse, located at 3465 E. Huron River Drive. The streambank is exhibiting bank erosion with high volumes of sediment being removed and deposited downstream. The creek (approximately 2,000 feet in total length along the channel) will be regraded, stabilized and naturalized. This proposed project will alleviate golf course flooding, address bank erosion as well as produce a reduction of the phosphorus load in the Huron River. In addition, there are opportunities to recreate the natural flow path of water, potentially creating wetlands and habitat on the golf course. For more information or to provide feedback, contact City of Ann Arbor Water Quality Manager Jennifer Lawson at 734.794.6000, ext. 43735 or jlawson@a2gov.org.

We’re hiring at Mack Indoor Pool
We have a variety of jobs open at the pool including neighborhood and master swim coach, lifeguards and swim instructors. It’s a great place to work and a fun environment. To apply online visit our website.

Private swim Lessons
Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult, each private lesson is 30-minutes long and customized to meet the needs of the swimming participant. Please call to find out dates and times available; space is very limited. Private lessons are for one participant only. Half hour $15 resident/$18 nonresident. Register for five private lessons, and get the sixth free. Register for eight lessons, get two free. Visit our website to sign up.

A2 Community Sing with Dawn and the Folksong Jam
First Tuesday every month, 7-8:30 p.m., drop-in fee: $5. Just like singing around a campfire, you’ll find yourself remembering that old ballad, an Irish tune or childhood family song in no time. Along with our leader Dawn, the Folksong Jam, with Lori Fithian, Eric Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewki, will guide you through our Community Sings which are sure to stir up some fond memories and build a new family friendly tradition to be treasured for years to come. We use both the Rise Up Singing Song Book and the Rise Again Song Books. All voices welcomed. Community Sings are held in Gallery Room at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

It’s Fall at the Ann Arbor Canoe Liveries
Both liveries are open and offering fall hours. They include:
Gallup Park Canoe Livery Now-Oct. 20: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Argo Canoe Livery Now-Oct. 6: Weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Go to Gallup weekdays. For details about kayaking, canoeing, rafting and more visit our website for information.

GIVE 365 is Looking for Volunteers
Gallup fall clean-up with Parks & Crafts, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet near the livery building. During these park clean ups, we’ll collect all the litter we can, then get a lesson on what can be recycled, trashed, or composted. Recycle Ann Arbor will join us in helping us sort; all trash pickers, bags, and supplies will be provided. Let’s put waste in its (correct) place! Afterwards, join us in the Gallup meeting room to make a recycled craft. The Ecology Center will be teaching us how to make a spooky (or silly) recycled glass lantern. If you would like to participate, RSVP to us at volunteer@a2gov.org or 734.794.6445. 3000 Fuller Rd.

Trick-or-Treat on the Huron River, Sunday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. We are looking for volunteers who love to dress up for Halloween and be by the water. If that is you, come help hand out candy during our Trick-or-Treat Paddle around the Huron River! Each station will have a theme, a treat and our wonderful volunteers truly creating this experience. If you are interested, sign up here to choose your shift time and station. We will supply the costumes for the fun and spooky experience! Volunteers will meet at Gallup Canoe Livery and will be assigned to different locations along the river. Shift times include 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, contact GIVE365 at volunteer@a2gov.org or 734.794.6445. Click here to sign up online.

Looking for a Great Space for a Special Event?
Look no further – the Ann Arbor Senior Center has several rental opportunities available in the building for corporate and service club meetings, art events, showers, birthday parties and reunions. Call 734.794.6250 and schedule a visit. 1320 Baldwin Ave. We also have a kitchen on-site and sound system.